The majority of public schools allow and encourage the existence of student-led "clubs" as part of the school experience. Unfortunately, these clubs can often be used to promote ungodly ideals. However, did you know that your child has every legal right to start a Bible club at their public school?
The government passed the Equal Access Act in 1984, which requires that public schools receiving federal funding that allow student-led clubs not discriminate against students who wish to conduct a religious club. This law is clear and absolute - no school which allows clubs has ever won a legal battle over denying a student the right to form a Bible club.
The only difference between a Bible club and a secular club is that the club's advisor may not have any input into the running of the club because of the religious content. Organization and content must be initiated and directed by students. That said, students are allowed to invite outside speakers occasionally.
If your child wants to start a Bible club, then the public school is required to make the same resources available to the Bible club that are available to secular clubs. The Bible club must be allowed to meet at the same time as other clubs. If clubs receive yearbook pictures or bulletin board space, the Bible club must be allowed the same.
This area of law is very well-settled in favor of your child's religious freedom. However, many school administrators are unaware of this law and terrified of lawsuits from secular organizations. Please contact our attorneys if you need assistance in starting a Bible club at your school.
Above article from Legal Alert, a monthly publication of the Christian Law Association, August 2017 issue. We (Foristell church of Christ) do not promote all of CLA ideals, but from a legal standpoint, they give good advice for Christians wanting to share their faith in an increasingly hostile world.
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Aaron Baker works with the fun church family at Foristell.